Oklahoma State moved to No. 9 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with the Cowboys now standing as the highest-ranked Big 12 team.
The Cowboys benefited from Baylor’s 27-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday. That was the Sooners’ first loss of the season, and the Sooners were No. 8 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings.
The Sooners dropped to No. 13, while Baylor moved up from No. 13 to No. 11.
The Cowboys (9-1, 6-1 in Big 12), coming off a 63-17 win over TCU, may represent the Big 12’s best shot at getting into the Playoff, even with one loss. The Cowboys moved up one spot from last week to No. 9. But, Notre Dame moved up a spot to No. 8 to stay ahead of the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State has two games remaining — a Saturday matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock and the annual ‘Bedlam’ showdown with the Sooners on Nov. 27 in Stillwater. Win both and the Cowboys would be guaranteed a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas, and keep themselves in the CFP hunt.
Baylor (8-2, 5-2) is set to face Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday, and then finish the season with Texas Tech at home on Nov. 27. The Bears don’t control their own destiny when it comes to the Big 12 Championship game, but as long as they keep winning, they’re still in the mix. The result of the Bedlam game will likely decide their fate. The Bears are also fighting rumors about certain programs’ interest in head coach Dave Aranda.
The Sooners (9-1, 6-1), despite the tumble, still control their own destiny when it comes to the Big 12 Championship game. If the Sooners defeat Iowa State at home this Saturday, and then beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater, they’ll be back in Arlington again.
Georgia, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State represented the Top 4 this week. Future Big 12 member Cincinnati came in at No. 5, while another future Big 12 member, BYU, was No. 14. Houston finally hit the Top 25, ranked No. 24 this week. The Cougars will join the Big 12 in the future.
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College Football Playoff Top 25
Released on Nov. 16, 2021
Big 12 Teams in Bold
4. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
8. Notre Dame
9. Oklahoma State
10. Wake Forest
12. Ole Miss
16. Texas A&M
19. San Diego State
20. NC State